Khalsa exited the Polypac League Cup at the second hurdle, beaten deservedly by division one outfit Brocton.
Khalsa had a huge mountain to climb as they allowed themselves to slip to a 3-0 deficit within 26 minutes, a hurdle they spent the rest of the game trying to overcome.
Brocton struck first on seven minutes, James McGrady excellent left-wing surge finding Lee Osbourne to tap past Dale Reaney just inside the six-yard box.
Nine minutes later and it was 2-0, McGrady springing the offside trap and finishing calmly past Reaney. And Rohan Weddeburn-Spencer made it three on 26 minutes, his low shot from range slipping through Reaney and into the net.
McGrady almost made it four on 33 minutes, smashing into the side-netting as Khalsa were well and truly punch drunk.
Dan Westwood’s headed goal on 41 minutes offered some hope just before the break after excellent work by Jay Holdcroft. And on 51 minutes it was 3-2, Holdcroft capitalising on some calamity defending to put the ball into an open net.
Khalsa threw everything at an equaliser but were met with stern resistance from a Brocton defence that successfully battened down the hatches and on a number of occasions threatened to score on the break. On 85 minutes, McGrady made it 4-2, turning home a good Matt Kimmins pass to seemingly put the game beyond reach.
But Khalsa continued to press, almost forcing Kimberley to turn into his own net and then, with seconds to go, clawing it back to 4-3, Lee Chilton smashing home from the penalty spot after a foul.
Sporting Khalsa: Dale Reaney, Luke Adams, Vidal Hendrickson (Mensah Kinch), Shawn Boothe, Leon Miles, Alex Perry (John Mills), Alex Woodhouse, Liam Armstrong, Dan Westwood, Jay Holdcroft, Lee Chilton. Subs not used: Dave Meese, Rico Taylor, Tes Robinson.